Division of Science





Department of Mathematics
The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

Phone: (212) 650-5346
Fax: (212) 650-6294

Math Club

All talks

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 12:30PM, NAC 4113

    Philip Ording (Medgar Evers College, CUNY), X Takes Y for Z: Mathematics, Literature & Play

    In 1960 the chemical engineer and mathematician François Le Lionnais (1901-1984) and the author Raymond Queneau (1903- 1976) founded a collaborative group to explore the potential of mathematical structures for generating and understanding literary texts. The group, based in France, came to be known as OuLiPo, which is short for Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle (Workshop for Potential Literature).

    Queneau, an amateur mathematician himself, wrote what is considered the first Oulipian text, Cent mille milliards de poèmes (One Hundred Thousand Billion Poems), 1961. It consists of ten sonnets, fourteen verses each, composed in such a way that the reader may choose to replace each verse as she wishes by another chosen from any of the other nine corresponding to it. This talk will present the combinatorics at work in a variety of OuLiPo writing strategies or constraints as they call them. In addition, we will consider the potential in these playful writing strategies for generating and understanding mathematics itself.

    Philip Ording is Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. His research interests are in geometric topology and mathematics in the arts.

  • Tuesday, May 06, 2008, 12:30PM, 6-275

    Professor Peter Brinkmann (CCNY), Introducing the VisorLab

    I will show the new audiovisual laboratory at the City College of New York, the VisorLab. The main purpose of the lab is research in mathematical visualization and spatialized audio with special emphasis on curved geometries, expanding on the mathematical visualization package jReality (www.jreality.de). The capabilities of the lab include 3D stereo projection and an eight-channel audio system for first-order Ambisonics without preferred directions.

    Given the limited size of the lab the first 20 people to sign up will be allowed to attend the event.

    You may sign up here.

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 12:30PM, NAC 4113

    Helena Chang (Columbia School of Public Health), PhD Programs in Biostatistics

    The Math club is pleased to present a session on graduate study and career opportunities in public health. This session is particularly geared toward those opportunities suitable for math intensive majors. If the idea of using mathematics to help doctors and researchers improve public health and save lives intrigues you, then this is the session for you!

    The speaker, Helena Chang, received her BA in Mathematics from City College, a few years ago. She is currently a graduate student at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. She is one of the creators of the Biostatistics Enrichment Summer Training Diversity Program (BEST Diversity Program), and several of our students will be participating in the program this summer.

    For the latest news, please check here

  • Tuesday, April 08, 2008, 12:30PM, NAC 4113

    Professors Chavel and Hoobler (CCNY and CUNY Graduate Center), Info Session on PhD Program at CUNY Graduate Center

    Professors Isaac Chavel and Raymond Hoobler, will talk about the PhD program in Mathematics at the CUNY Graduate Center, and will answer any questions you may have about the program. Professors Chavel and Hoobler hold joint appointments at City College and the Graduate Center and are active participants in mathematical teaching and research at both institutions.

    For the latest information or changes, please check here

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 12:30PM, NAC 4/113

    Dr. Michael Hogan (Columbia University), Careers in Actuarial Science, Finance and Statistics

    Dr. Hogan is the Director of the MS Program in Actuarial Science at Columbia. He has also been involved in the MA Statistics program, and the Mathematical Finance programs. He will talk about these programs, and answer any questions you may have on requirements, costs, job opportunities upon graduation, or any other aspects of these Columbia masters programs which may be of interest to you.

    Professor Hogan received a Ph.D. degree in Statistics from Stanford University. He has published papers in probability theory and mathematical statistics. In addition to his faculty experience at Columbia, he worked for several years as a Quantitative Analyst at Morgan Stanley and Citibank.

    This is the first of hopefully several meetings we will have, with the purpose of informing students about mathematically related career opportunities

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